CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A
25-year-old Pharr resident has been ordered to federal prison following her
conviction of conspiring to distribute nearly six kilograms of meth, announced
U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Sadie Elaine Canales pleaded guilty Feb. 21,
Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed Canales a 140-month sentence to be immediately followed by
five years of supervised release. At the hearing today, the court determined
she was a supervisor or manager in an extensive narcotics smuggling
organization after hearing additional evidence about her role in the
Canales arranged for the transportation of narcotics through the
U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Sarita Aug. 6, 2017. Members of the
organization had loaded meth in Mexico.
Francisco Javier Castillo Jr., of Galveston, recruited Beatrice
Ortega and Esmeralda Ramos to then drive the vehicle into the United States.
Upon inspection, authorities discovered the drugs hidden inside the vehicle’s dashboard.
Canales admitted she had worked with others to smuggle
the meth and was also involved in transporting marijuana.
At the hearing today, the court found Canales responsible for a
total of 5.83 kilograms of pure meth and 41.68 kilograms of marijuana.
Previously released on bond, Canales was taken into custody following the sentencing today where she
will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be
determined in the near future.
Castillo, Ortega and Ramos also pleaded guilty and
are currently serving their respective sentences.
Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance
of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Thorpe is prosecuting the